Hi developers, thanks for taking your time out to read my first blog – “Roadmap editing functions” in Solution Manager 4.0 (now renamed as 7.0) .
For an introduction on Roadmaps in SAP Solution Manager, please refer to the article by Sapna Modi: SAP Solution Manager – Roadmaps Introduction (Part I)
What is Roadmap Editing?
Roadmap Editing means changing the standard roadmap to suit the needs of the customer.
Why is Roadmap Editing needed?
- SAP provides with enough set of roadmaps and flavors that can be used in most situations. However, flexibility to edit gives the freedom to tailor the standard methodology in order to suit customer’s needs.
- For small and medium enterprises (SMB’s), the scale of roadmaps can be daunting as not many resources are allocated for the projects.
- Methodology needs of the customer are not taken in consideration which might have conflicting goals with the standard.
- Roadmaps are general in nature and provide content for all types of projects – size and industry. Hence, tailoring the roadmap gives the provision to remove the unwanted / not relevant sections.
- Roadmaps need to be as unambiguous as possible leaving little room for interpretation.
Where is Roadmap Editing done?
Step-1: RMDEF – Roadmap Lookup Table Maintenance
Use the create button to create a new roadmap from scratch or use the copy button to replicate an existing one.
Likewise, one can also create/copy – Flavors, Roles and Subject Areas
Step-2: RMAUTH – Authoring environment Roadmap
The roadmap structure consists of the following components at different levels.
- Entry Screen Editing
- Adjustments to Roadmap
- Roadmap – Project Attachment
On copying the desired work areas from the list of available work areas, the “Entry Screen” might appear as follows depending on the selection made:
The required elements from the roadmap structure can be now selected which need to appear in the Entry Screen. (Screenshot may not appear the same as it depends on the selection made)
Pre-requisites: Ensure that SAPGUI has HTMLTIDY.DLL (See notes : 890791, 517439, 727176)
The following changes can be made to the roadmap:
Add new topics,
Edit existing standard topics
Add new accelerators or remove the existing ones,
Change existing structure or content
Note: A document that is present in more than one location of the structure, would trigger a popup asking for confirmation to change in all places while trying to edit it.
Finally, a roadmap summarizes the following:
The customized roadmap is attached to the project at the transaction : SOLAR_PROJECT_ADMIN (Project Administration) under the Scope Tab (Sub-tab: Roadmap Select)